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IVS News & Updates

  • 12/19/2018 6:32 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    2019 IVS Grand Prix Schedule

    2019 IVS Grand Prix Sign Up coming Soon.   Check back here or on IVS' Facebook page

  • 12/03/2018 4:29 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Proposed IVS Grand Prix Series rule changes for 2019

    Please Read, evaluate and comment.

    Abstract of changes:

    A $5.00 Grand Prix Participation Fee is proposed for 2019 

    Participation points may be awarded for non-Grand Prix Series events (including road and trail races, marathons, triathlons, and duathlons)

    Participation points will be awarded for volunteering at both IVS and non-IVS events.

    20 Volunteer points will be required to receive a year end Grand Prix Series award.

    New Rules will be effective as of 1/1/2019 when the 2019 IVS Grand Prix Series Event registration becomes active.

    Draft of Proposed Rules for 2019 IVS Grand Prix Series (Rev 12/3)

    The Grand Prix Series is a race circuit for IVS members that rewards participation and volunteerism  in events throughout the year and offers race discounts for certain  IVS Grand Prix Series races.  


    IVS Grand Prix registration cost is $5.00.  All IVS members are eligible to participate in the Grand Prix Series by registering online or by registering with the Grand Prix coordinator.

    Race discounts are available to any registered Grand Prix Series participant - no volunteer work is required.   

    Participation in three IVS Grand Prix Series Races and accumulation of 20 Volunteer points is required to qualify for an annual Grand Prix Series award.

    IVS Grand Prix Points are distributed across age groups and gender; age group is determined by participant’s age as of December 31st.  Race and Volunteer points will be summed for annual awards (Race and Volunteer points count equally for awards purposes)..  Awards will be presented at the annual IVS meeting & awards ceremony (held in February) and are given based on the number of race and volunteer participation points accumulated.

    Grand Prix Series Race Points are awarded on a basis of 27 Participation points plus 1 point per mile of Grand Prix Series race length.  

    Registrations for the Grand Prix are accepted anytime during the year. Points will be awarded for IVS Grand Prix races retroactively. However, if you register after a given race, only the maximum number of available points for your age group will be awarded. (e.g. If two other runners in your age group were already Grand Prix participants for a 5k run, you would receive only 28 points even if you placed higher than they did.)  Volunteer points will NOT be awarded retroactive to Grand Prix Registration.

    NON IVS GRAND PRIX RACES (race must include racing/walking on foot):  Any race that lists race results available to the public on the internet can be reported to accrue points.  To be counted, the race participation must be reported by the participant to the Grand Prix Coordinator, providing the race results web link to receive credit.  If the results can not be verified, the race will not be counted. Points will be awarded at 50% of the standard Grand Prix point schedule for event distance in accordance with standard Grand Prix rules.

    IVS Grand Prix Series Race points may be earned by completing any of the following:

    • -Official IVS Grand Prix Series races

    • -Run any verifiable non IVS Grand Prix Series race and earn 50% standard IVS Grand Prix Series distance points

    • --Run any verifiable race relay leg and earn 50% standard IVS Grand Prix Series distance points for that leg distance.

    • -Participate on a duathlon/triathlon team and earn 50%/33% standard IVS Grand Prix Series distance points for the overall race length

    • -Complete any verifiable race duathlon/triathlon as an individual 50% standard IVS Grand Prix Series distance points for the overall race length

    IF TWO OR MORE RACES/ DISTANCES AT SAME EVENT (e.g., Lake Run): All races at the event will be scored, based upon maximum points for distance (see above). To be scored for more than one race, the races must have different official start times andnot overlap. You must start each race at the official start time.  Grand Prix Race Points can be earned for more than one race in one day.

    Participants are responsible for notifying the Grand Prix coordinator for volunteering and/or races completed.  IVS will make reasonable effort to correctly score participation in IVS Grand Prix Series events, but the ultimate responsibility accuracy and completeness of IVS Grand Prix Series, Volunteer, and race credits lies with each individual competitor.  Notification of verifiable (with Reference to supporting witness or RD, event director, etc) volunteer work may be made by email, text message, voicemail, or Facebook (post or message).


    Required minimum Volunteer Points for Annual Awards: 20 (reduced from 30)

    Volunteer Points Rules:

    One Volunteer Points Event per Day.  

    Volunteer points and Race points may be awarded for the same event, on the same day, with GP coordinator prior approval.

    All Volunteer Point Events must be race, training, or IVS related, oriented, timely (to the event), and available to the general Grand Prix Participant population.

    Examples of events Qualifying for Volunteer Points:

    • Registration/Packet Pick Up

    • Course Worker

    • Water Stop Worker

    • Cheer Zone

    • Finish Line

    • Post race Celebration

    • Race set up/tear down

    • Possibly others by GP Committee  prior approval

    Volunteer Points Awarded:

    IVS Sponsored Event- 10 Pts

    Other Event- 5 Pts

  • 11/26/2018 10:06 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    IVS Grand Prix Series Season Totals and Volunteer Service ... Please confirm accuracy of points and recorded volunteer service. Errors must be reported by midnight Dec. 31.... postings will become FINAL Jan. 1.  Report Errors

    ..Standings Spreadsheet..

  • 11/18/2018 5:23 PM | Maurice Wantiez (Administrator)

    IVS Wednesday night fun Run/Walk

    FOR Nov. 21 at 6:00 PM

    With the River Trail Classic coming up this Saturday. The fastest 4 mile in central Illinois. Let's meet at the Fon du lac Park District administration building and run/walk part of the course.

    PS You have to show up to get into the drawing. (Git Lit Run/Walk)

  • 11/11/2018 6:00 PM | Maurice Wantiez (Administrator)
    Wednesday at 6 PM

    At Tower Park

    This week's fun run/walk let's meet at Tower Park. And at that time we will do a poll on the route between safety town or Journal Star.

    PS You have to show up to get into the drawing. (Git Lit Run/Walk)

  • 10/15/2018 1:39 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Grand Prix Discount codes are available for the Ghost Chase (10/27), Edge Runs (11/4), and Canton Turkey Trot (11/22) at

  • 09/29/2018 12:44 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    IVS Grand Prix update, as of 9/29 GP Races.

    Standings/Rankings updated.

    Please check for missing/incorrect races and/or points and/or volunteer credit.  Email information/corrections to Grand Prix Coordinator

    All GP Races have a results link  on row 9 in the spreadsheet.  Grand Prix Standings Spreadsheet

Have a question for IVS?  Please contact us!


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